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new ulla maija wedding dresses, wedding dress ideas and trends Photos by Dan Lecca

When trying on a wedding dress, it’s so important to look at yourself from all angles – front and back. And fortunately, designers have been focusing more and more on a gown’s back view – keyholes and illusion backs were major trends this season. A real standout in the back department was the new Anna Maier/Ulla Maija Couture collection. We loved the unique, modern feel of these gowns and the subtle sexiness of these back views. Check out all of the new Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture wedding dresses here.

Pick a Venue, Pick a Wedding Dress

Posted by Kim on May 23, 2012

One of the best pieces of wedding-planning advice we can share is: Don’t go shopping for your wedding gown until you’ve booked your venue. Sure, it may be tempting to go shopping as soon as you have that ring on your finger, but avoid the pull of the bridal salon until you’re all squared away on your wedding site. Here why: Different types of wedding dresses look best at different types of venues. If you’re getting married on the beach, for example, you probably don’t want to wear a big, heavy ballgown. And vice versa – a barely-there sheath might not be appropriate at a grand house of worship or ballroom. Check out these examples from our Fashion Ideas section:

wedding dresses for your venue, wedding dress Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture, Anne Barge, Romona Keveza, Encore by Watters
All photos by Dan Lecca

If you’re having a wedding in a large space, like a hotel ballroom or a house of worship, look for gowns that have the grandeur to match, like these ballgown wedding dresses.

Marrying outdoors, a garden or backyard perhaps? Choose a romantic wedding gown with an ethereal feel and feminine touches.

Destination weddings call for lightweight beach wedding gowns that aren’t overly beaded or structured and show just the right amount of skin.

And if you’re planning a casual soiree, perhaps at City Hall or a restaurant, a short wedding dress will fit in perfectly. These styles even work well for rehearsal dinners, or as cake-cutting or “going away” dresses.

Are you choosing a gown to fit your venue? Let us know in the comments!

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: It’s time for our wedding dress trend finals! Since there was a near-tie in the second round of the semifinals, you’ll have three gowns to choose from. And just to be fair, we’re showing both the front and back of each gown. You’ll until Monday evening to vote, and we’ll announce the winner on Tuesday!

So here they are, selected by you, the readers: our three esteemed finalists!

wedding dress finals, bridal market events navigation Dresses by (from top): Ines Di Santo, Lela Rose, Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture
Photos by Dan Lecca

So, for the last time this season, tell us:

Which is your favorite wedding dress trend for Spring 2013?

  • Illusion backs (Lela Rose) (54%, 61 Votes)
  • Bold lace (Ines Di Santo) (31%, 35 Votes)
  • Sleek mermaids (Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture) (15%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 113

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Check back on Tuesday when we’ll announce the winner!

Yesterday, we asked you to vote in the first round of our Wedding Dress Trend Semifinals. Now it’s time for Part 2, featuring the winners of the lace, short wedding dress, and mermaid polls going head-to-head.

wedding dress trends semifinals 3, bridal market events navigation Dresses by (from left): Ines Di Santo, Encore by Watters, Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture
Photos by Dan Lecca

So tell us:

Which is your favorite new wedding dress trend?

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We saw all types of gown silhouettes during bridal market, but most prominent, perhaps, were super-fitted trumpet and mermaid wedding dresses. Whether they were covered in sparkle or completely unadorned, they gave off a real Hollywood glamour girl vibe and truly show off a bride’s curves.

wedding dress trends mermaids 2, bridal market events navigation Dresses by (from left): Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld, David’s Bridal, Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture
Photos by Dan Lecca

So tell us:

Which mermaid wedding gown style is your favorite?

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